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Red-lored Amazon  

Also Known As: Red-lored Parrot, Scarlet-lored Amazon (Parrot), Red-fronted Amazon (Parrot), Golden-cheeked Amazon (Parrot), Primrose-cheeked Amazon (Parrot); Salvin's Amazon (A.a. salvini), Lilacine or Lesson's Amazon (A.a. lilacina)

Red-lored Amazon feeding

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Did You Know?
The Red-lored Amazon eats coffee beans!

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
34cm (13.2 in) 314-485g (11-17 oz)

Races including nominate:
four: A.a. autumnalis, A.a. salvini, A.a. lilacina, A.a. diadema

Colourization Adult:
A.a. autumnalis: both adults in general green, with black edging to feathers of crown to mantle and breast; red forehead and lores: green crown to nape, becoming mauve/blue towards tips and edged with black; yellow upper cheeks to ear coverts; secondaries 1-5 red at bases, the remainder green; green tail. Bill grey with yellow/horn at base of upper mandible. Eye ring white, eye orange. A.a. salvini: both adults as in autumnalis, but upper cheeks to ear coverts yellow/green with yellow diminished or absent; side tail feathers red at bases. Eye ring pale yellow. A.a. lilacina: both adults as in salvini, but red on forehead reaching over eye in a line; crown green, widely tipped with mauve and edged red/mauve; cheeks yellow/green. Bill grey/black. A.a. diadema: both adults as in salvini but with red feathered cere and forehead, becoming dark purple on lores; hindneck green margined with mauve. Bill darker grey, horn coloured at base of upper mandible. Larger in size.

Colourization Juvenile:
A.a. autumnalis: duller than adults; diminished red on forehead and lores; upper cheeks to ear coverts mixed with green and yellow. Eye brown. A.a. lilacina: duller than adults; red and mauve head markings less evident. Bill grey, paler at base of upper mandible. Eye brown.

Call: Wide variety of sounds, some high-pitched, trilling; other calls loud, metallic and scolding; rippling and short notes also heard.

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Content Sources:


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 8417, Red-lored Parrot Amazona autumnalis, Davis, L. Irby, Campeche, Mexico, May 12 1956, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.